13 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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Porto
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Lisbon
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 5 nights

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas and Nossa Senhora da Paz. Venture out of the city with trips to Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Furnas). Spend the 2nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get great views at Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, and make a trip to Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada travel route planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect Ponta Delgada to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
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Porto — 4 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mindelo Beach and Praia de Lavadores. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ribeira do Porto and Porto Augusto's. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porto journey website.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Porto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da ursa, tour the water at your own pace with Nosso Tejo, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

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You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Azores travel guide

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Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.
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